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18 injured as Islamist protests trigger clashes at Egypt's universities

At least 18 people injured in clashes triggered by Islamist protests at Egypt universities

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 Oct 2013
Egyptians students run from tear gas
Egyptians students run from tear gas after clashes erupted between opposing students after pro-Morsi protesters chanted anti-army slogans during a protest in Mansoura University, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Scores of pro-Morsi students in and outside the capital protested on Tuesday afternoon, continuing a rocky start to the new academic year.

Violence flared up between students at Mansoura University, with some lighting fireworks and others hurling rocks, Al-Ahram's Arabic website reported.

Pandemonium reigned on the Nile Delta campus, as supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi clashed with opponents, prompting police to fire tear gas over the university walls. Some students were forced to take refuge inside lecture halls as security forces shut the campus gates. Sounds of birdshot were also reported.

Nearly 18 people were injured in the Mansoura clashes, among them seven security personnel, according to Al-Ahram.

Twenty-five students and professors will face the university's disciplinary board on charges of inciting students to protest and engaging in clashes with their colleagues.

In Cairo, 15 students protesting outside the education ministry were given four days detention pending investigation on charges of stirring chaos, blocking a main road, disturbing public order, and assaulting security forces.

The students clashed with Central Security Forces, Egypt's riot police, after they tried to block a main avenue in Cairo's downtown.

It was not immediately clear why they were protesting.

Clashes also erupted at Cairo University between opposing students after pro-Morsi protesters chanted anti-army slogans, state news agency MENA reported.

Riot police were heavily stationed around campuses in Giza, south of Cairo.

Thousands of students from Egypt's ancient Al-Azhar University have staged demonstrations at the university's main Cairo campuses over the past three days, demanding Morsi's reinstatement and the release of fellow students arrested during recent political unrest.

Security sources said at least 43 out of over 3,000 students involved have been arrested. Despite the arrests, Islamist students have vowed to press ahead with their protests, defying warnings by authorities and university leaders.

On Al-Azhar's campus in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, tens of female students backing Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood staged a protest on Tuesday, flashing the four-finger Islamist sign and chanting anti-army slogans.

Islamists have accused Al-Azhar's leaders of backing the army's July overthrow of Morsi amid mass popular protests against his year in power.

Tensions have been simmering at Egyptian universities since studies began in late September, as authorities crack down on the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood movement, crippling their street activities.

Morsi and tens of senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders have been jailed on charges of inciting violence. Hundreds of other Islamists and their allies have been rounded up following a police raid on pro-Morsi protest camps on 14 August, which left hundreds dead.

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22-10-2013 11:09pm
It's hilarious that how some bored students, who have perhaps failed exams and have nothing to do in their life, rather than wasting time and parent's sweated money which pays for their studies, claim to be freedom fighters. It happens the same in Europe with the leftifts and hash-smoking students. Dears, if you get a higher education, you can better fight your wars, a higher education is the best weapon but you fail to undestand this. Get back to studies or drop university and get yourself a life and a job.
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Abu Saif
23-10-2013 04:42am
Send them back to parents to deal with them why should the public be thier baby sitter

Anwar Harb
22-10-2013 10:57pm
The Islamists will eventually bring the Sisi regime down
Secularists' demonstration brought down Mursi. Islamists' demonstration should be able to bring down Sisi.
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Ahmed al-Hilwani
22-10-2013 09:49pm
Fighting fascism is paramount
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23-10-2013 01:45am
BRAVO!! Keep fighting!! You’re only turning up the heat on yourselves!! The public already can’t stand a sight of you. And with your useless mobilization, you make El-Sisi and the army more popular; the more violent you come across the more the people would need security forces to protect them, or so they would think. Just face reality: Egypt has rejected political Islam and you cannot make people accept it by force!
23-10-2013 12:05am
Fighting more important than Education?
Yeah, that's the mindset of you Ikhwan and Islamists - and that's why wherever you guys took over and ruled you have nothing but ignorance, illiteracy, violence, poverty and bad or no infrastructure. Meanwhile resources get plundered. You guys are just the other side of the coin of those you call "fascists" or "Dictators". Who you kidding? Luckily Egyptians aren't stupid. I love this part "It was not immediately clear why they were protesting" - I bet they don't know either, but the money and free drugs will do, and its fun for them. Kids, be smarter than that and go to school instead of destroying Egypt.
22-10-2013 11:13pm
How Hilarious
Really? You really have no idea what is fascism, or you are too much biased to your masters, who tell you all what your tiny brain doesn't understand. If you are much biased towards your masters, you fear people with higher education, since they cannot fall easily in the net of your lies. My dear, if there really was fascism, you wouldn't be there to write this, so stop spilling out venom.
22-10-2013 11:03pm
Sorry Sir, but I think that the one thing does not make the other thing impossible.... One thing is as important as the othe one!
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